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“Craine keeps the laughs coming regularly and hard but also throws in feeling and sentiment with it. We perceive him to be honest and genuine, and love him all the more for it” Chortle
Tom Craine is an award-winning stand up comedian, writer, and one third of the critically acclaimed sketch group Jigsaw.
Tom is currently co-writing the forthcoming BBC3 sitcom series “Josh” with Josh Widdicombe (to be broadcast early 2015), while Jigsaw have just finished their second BBC Radio 4 series. He also has his own monthly column for Cosmopolitan Magazine (Sex & The Single Guy), and has written for The Guardian.
An increasing presence on TV and radio, Tom regularly presents the ‘Trending Trio’ segment on Weekend (Sunday mornings on ITV). He also has been seen on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Live At The Electric (BBC3), Two Players (Channel 4), Dr Who: The Ultimate Guide (BBC3), The Premier League’s Greatest Moments (BBC3), Fake Reaction (ITV2), How To Win Eurovision (BBC3), Bitesize History (BBC2), England’s Worst Ever Football Team (BBC3), Sketchorama (BBC Radio 4), Rhod Gilbert’s Jest A Minute (BBC Wales), Phil’s Ill (Dave), Arthur Smith’s Comedy Club (ITV) and presenting the documentary Glastonbury: Jesus to Jay-Z (BBC1) as well as investigative reports on Inside Out (BBC1).
As a stand up, Tom has gained a raft of 4 and 5 star reviews for his Edinburgh shows (including being chosen in the Top 5 show at the Fringe by The Times, and as the critics choice in The Guardian). He has also supported Rhod Gilbert, Alan Carr and Russell Kane on tour. Similarly, Jigsaw have experienced great success at the Edinburgh festival, with sell out runs in 2011, 2012 and 2013, also gaining countless 4 & 5 star reviews. (Top 15 Best Reviewed shows Edinburgh 2012, Critics Choice New Statesman, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent).
Tom is also a much in demand writer, (having previously won the award for Best Comedy And Drama Writer at the BBC National Student Awards). A core writer for the BAFTA award winning The Last Leg With Adam Hills (Channel 4), his CV also includes Mock The Week (BBC2), QI (BBC2), The Michael Mcintyre Chat Show (BBC1), Seann Walsh World (Comedy Central), Stand Up For The Week (Channel 4), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Stand Up To Cancer (Channel 4), The Mad Bad Ad Show (Channel 4), Twit Of The Year (Channel 4), Chris Addison’s Show & Tell (Channel 4), Robert’s Webb (Channel 4), The Last Leg At The Paralympics (Channel 4), The Now Show (Radio 4) and the BBC Radio 2 sitcom The Sharp End, in which he starred alongside Alistair McGowan.
On radio Tom is a regular on the Josh Widdicombe’s XFM Show, he has also hosted The Tom Craine Show on BBC Bristol for a year, side-kicked The Rhod Gilbert Show (BBC Radio Wales), and has guested on BBC 6 Music, Absolute, and Radio 2.
Press for Tom:
“Heavily narrative comedy. Everything he says has a resonance with the audience. Told with incredible energy and timing”. Edinburgh Fringe Review
“Wonderfully heartfelt and incredibly compelling. Craine will tickle your funny bone and warm the cockles of your heart” Broadway Baby
“Deeply funny, genuinely touching” Broadway Baby
“Wonderful” Time Out
“Intelligent and effortlessly funny” Three Weeks
“Disgustingly talented” The Guardian
★★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ Scotsman